Proceedings of Legislative Assembly on 28th Feb



Question Hour in LA

Centre sanctions 676 New Sub Health Centers: Taj

‘12 new sub health centers sanctioned for Mendhar constituency’


          JAMMU : Minister for Health and Medical Education, Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din today informed the House that Centre has sanctioned 676 New Sub Health Centers in the State under NRHM adding that out of which 12 new sub health centers have been sanctioned in Mendhar Constituency. He said that the matter for providing the requisite staff and other logistic support for opening of these new health centers has been taken up with the Centre.

          Replying to a question by Sardar Rafiq Hussain Khan, the Minister said that owing to financial constraints, the Department has submitted a proposal to the Government for upgradation of one health institution in every constituency of the State. He said in Mendhar Constituency, the upgradation of sub health center Soyian to the level of Primary Health Center is included in the proposal.

          The Minister informed that out of sanctioned posts of 12 specialists and doctors six are working in SDH Mendhar besides out of 36 para-medical and other staff 35 are in position in the hospital. He said moreover, two MBBS doctors and seven para-medics have been engaged under NRHM to supplement the manpower of the hospital.

          The Minister also informed that the construction work of Emergency Block of SDH Mendhar has been taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 4.06 crore against which Rs. 48.10 lakh have been utilized till date, adding that Rs. 35 lakh are earmarked for the purpose under State plan and NRHM during current financial year.

Construction of Ladoora fish farm apace: Dr. Manohar

            Minister of State for Fisheries, Dr. Manohar Lal today informed the House that construction work of fish farm Ladoora in Rafibad Constituency has been taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 62.27 lakh and against which Rs. 50.50 lakh have been spent on the development of fish farm upto January 2014.

          Replying to a question by Mr. Javed Ahmed Dar, the Minister said that the upgradation works including construction of Brooder Ponds, inspection hut, feed store and completion of fencing work of the said farm would be taken up in future.

3 Mega tourism projects of Rs. 150 cr under active consideration of Centre: Mir

Out of 152, 75 projects completed in State

          Minister for Tourism, Mr. Ghulam Ahmed Mir today informed the House that approval for three mega tourist circuits of Rs. 150 crore including Sufi Circuit Kashmir, Pilgrimage Circuit Jammu and Buddhist Circuit in Ladakh of Rs. 50 crore each are under active consideration of the Centre, adding that the queries raised by the Centre in this regard have been already been cleared by the State Government.

          Replying to the supplementaries raised by some members to the main question of Mr. Ashok Kumar today in the House, the Minister said that construction of ropeway at Patnitop has been already allotted under PPP mode. He said Government has vigorously followed forest clearance of the project from Supreme Court which is expected to be received within one month to take up the construction work of the project.

          The Minister said that Government is encouraging intending youth to take part in water sports at Buglihar and Ranjit Sagar Dams and for the purpose incentive is being provided to the intending youth for purchase of water sports equipment.

          In reply to the main question, the Minister said that 152 tourism projects of Rs. 628.86 crore have been sanctioned by the Centre for the State under Central Funding and against which 75 projects were completed while as works on remaining 77 projects are at various stages of completion in the State.

          The Minister said that seven tourism projects of Rs. 18.22 crore under central funding were sanctioned for destinations coming under Patnitop Development Authority. He said moreover Rs. 3.50 crore is also being expended for upgradation of tourist related infrastructure through PDA under State Plan which also includes some areas of Ramban Constituency.

          The Minister informed that out of the indentified 53 tourism villages 43 projects of Rs. 27.46 crore have been sanctioned by the Centre, Rs. 23.26 crore have been released and against which 27 projects have been completed while as the sanction of remaining 10 projects is in pipeline. He said the tourism villages of Ramban district would be got surveyed for development.

          The Minister said that during last three years, Union Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned 55 projects worth Rs. 308.67 crore and released Rs. 134.55 crore for development and upgradation of tourist related infrastructure in the State which also includes development of Sanasar Lake, construction of tourist cafeteria, toilet block and view points at Nathatop at a cost of Rs.3.23 crore. He said the areas of Sanasar and Batote have already been brought under the preview of provision of incentive rules, adding that the tourism potential of Bhatri-Ghandhri, Ladda Dhar, Sarva Dhai, Sarva Dhar, Galadhar and Dessa would be surveyed for development in a phased manner.

          Mr. A. R Veeri, Mr. Rafi Ahmed Mir, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Mr. M. Y Tarigami, Syed Basharat Bukhari, Er, Abdul Rashid, Mr. Jagdish Raj Spolia, Mr. Krishan Chander Bhagat and Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat and raised supplementaries to the main question and demanded development and upgradation of varied tourist infrastructure at potential spots in their constituencies.

5 road projects of Homeshali Bugh submitted to central funding under PMGSY: Wani

‘Rs. 66.78 cr expended on circular road project Sgr’

          Minister for R&B, Mr. Abdul Majid Wani today informed the House that the construction and upgradation work of 5 road projects in Homeshalli Bugh constituency is proposed under PMGSY phase-X, adding that in this regard detailed project reports of 24.85 crore have been mooted to the Centre for funds.

          Replying to a question by Sofi Abdul Gaffar, the Minister informed that 15 works have been taken up for execution in Homeshali Bugh constituency under NABARD and State sector projectization.

          The Minister said that construction work on Rs. 40 lakh Beam Bridge on Ziarat Sharief Road at Qaimoh has been completed and opened for traffic while as construction of Rs. 39.08 lakh steel bridge at Mishipora-Adapora road is apace and against which Rs. 36 lakh have been spent under special bridge plan.

          The Minister said the construction work on RCC Bridge over Vishow Nallah at village Wanpora Shamsipora has been taken up under NABARD through JKPCC. He said the work on the bridge remained suspended for some time due to non-payment of land compensation. He said the issue was settled and work resumed on Shamsipora site, adding that the sub structure works on both sides are almost completed and work on super structure would be started immediately after weather conditions become favourable.

          In reply to another question by Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal and Mohammad Yasin Shah, the Minister informed that the execution of circular road project in Srinagar city was taken up in 1981 at an estimated cost of Rs. 18.52 crore.

          The Minister said that the project envisaged construction of nine new roads and improvement, upgradation and widening of some existing roads besides construction of major bridges. He said the cumulative expenditure on these works is of the order of Rs. 66.78 crore upto ending December 2013 against earlier revised cost of Rs. 72.52 crore which needs further revision.

          The Minister said that Buchpora Hazratbal road having a length of 4.25 kms was cut by NBCC in first 2.25 kms from Buchpora side for execution of drainage works. He said restoration work after completion of the drainage works was taken up by R&B Department during current financial year and this sector of the road has been brought to BT status and the entire length of 4.25 kms is of BT status now.


Zero Hour in LA

Members raise issues of public importance during Zero Hour

          JAMMU : Several Members raised issues of public importance in the Legislative Assembly during the Zero Hour.

          Mr. Ashwani Kumar Sharma demanded Degree College for Arnia town.

          Mr. Jagdish Sapolia demanded strengthening of road infrastructure in Basohli Constituency.

          Mr. M.Y.Tarigami demanded re-opening of Pathribal encounter case to establish facts and to provide justice to the kin of victims.

          Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia demanded more steps to promote tourism in Udhampur area with particular reference to the development of Devika River which has religious significance.

          Mr. Mohammad Sharief Niaz impressed upon the Government to consider pensionary benefits for the employees of State Forest Corporation.

Mr. Aijaz Ahmed Jan demanded enhancement of remuneration of SPOs at least at par with Daily Wage rate.

          Mr. T. Namgyal demanded early posting of BMO at Nubra.

          Mrs. Bimla Luthra demanded enhancement of incentives of ASHA workers.

          Mr. Rafi Mir demanded adequate funds for the upgradation of Pahalgam hospital and other peripheral health institutions in his Constituency.

          Dr. Shafi Ahmed Wani called for early construction of office building for Munsiff in Beerwah.

          Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri demanded review of cases of students in Kashmir Valley registered under different sections to save their career. He said Government should give amnesty to such youth against whom the cases are not of serious nature.

          Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat called for strengthening health infrastructure in the far-flung areas of Bandipora.

          Mr. Harshdev Singh wanted to know the policy of the Government to deal with the issues of clandestine return of militants alongwith their spouses and children through Nepal border.

          Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta demanded convening meeting of Re-classification of newspapers by Information Department.

Mr. G.M. Saroori demanded rational distribution of Solar Lights in Doda district.

          Er. Abdul Rashid supported the Rehabilitation Policy and asked the Government to take all steps for their proper rehabilitation.

          Mr. Yashpaul Kundal demanded early filling up of posts of doctors and para-medics in District Hospital, Samba. He also demanded separate Maternity hospital for Samba.

          Mr. Mohammad Khalil Band demanded steps for improving traffic management in Pulwama city. He also demanded construction of circular road to regulate traffic.

          Mr. Zahoor Ahmed Mir demanded installation of Pollution Control devices in all Cement factories in Khrew to keep a check on pollution.

          Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Shah demanded strengthening of road infrastructure in Tral constituency.

          Mr. Krishen Chander Bhagat demanded upgradation of medical services in Chenani Constituency.

          Mr. Javid Ahmad Dar demanded filling up of vacant posts in all educational institutions in Rafiabad Constituency.

Advocate Abdul Haq demanded for construction of Lolab-Bandipora tunnel.

          Mr. Abdul Gaffar Sofi, SardarRafiq Hussain Khan, Ch. Zulfikar Ali, Mr. Ashraf Ganai, Mr. Charanjeet Singh, Mr. Ashok Kumar, Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani and Syed Basharat Bukhari also highlighted the issues of public importance pertaining to their areas.


Business in LA

Saifullah lays Report of SHRC

          JAMMU : Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah today laid on the Table of the House a copy of the Annual Report of the State Human Rights Commission for the year 2012-13 alongwith a copy of Action Taken Report, as required under sub-section (2) of section 12 of Jammu and Kashmir Protection of Human Rights Act, 1997.


Business in LA

Several steps taken to check female foeticide: Taj

House adopts Resolution

          JAMMU : The House today adopted the Private Members’ Resolution regarding measures to check the menace of female foeticide in the State. The Resolution was moved by Ch. Zulfkar Ali and Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat moved his amendment thereto.

          Several Members spoke in support of the Resolution and said that spirit of the Resolution is concerning the entire society, irrespective of caste, creed and color. The Members in one voice supported the Resolution and urged for its passing.

          Winding up the discussion on the Resolution, Minister for Health & Medical Education, Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din said that though the Government has already taken several steps to curb the menace of female foeticide in the State, yet the Government welcomes suggestions of the Members to deal with this sensitive issue. He said Government has put in place effective mechanism to deal with people who indulge in illegal practices of sex determination and foeticide.

          The Minister said several sops have been announced for the whistle blowers and many people are coming forward to give information on such activities. The trends of previous years have shown improvement in the sex ratio in the State with the measures initiated in this direction.

          Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat, Dr. Shafi Ahmed Wani, Mrs. Bimla Luthra, Aga Syed Ruhulla and Mr. Ashwani Kumar Sharma participated in the discussion and supported the Resolution.

          Later, the House adopted the Resolution unanimously.


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Calling Attention Notice


SDH Yaripora taken up with a cost of Rs.7.28 Crore: Taj


JAMMU-Minister for Health and Medical Education, Mr. Taj-Mohi-ud-Din today informed the House that the Sub-District Hospital, Yaripora has been taken up for execution through R&B Department during the year 2005-06 under State Sector at an estimated cost of Rs. 728 lakh against which Rs. 592 lakh have been incurred till March, 2013,besides Rs. 50 lakh has been approved during the current financial year. The balance cost will be released during 2014-15 and the hospital shall be made functional, he informed.   


The Minister said that the construction of Sub-District Hospital, Qaimoh was taken up for execution through R&B Department in the year 2007-08 at a cost of Rs. 1932.65 lakh, against which an amount of Rs. 160 lakh have been spent till March 2013, besides Rs. 50 lakh has beenapproved for allocation during the current financial year. The construction work shall be expedited subject to availability of sufficient funds, he added.


He further said that Primary Health Centre, Wanpoh has been taken up for execution through R&B Department during the year 2004-05 under District Sector at an estimated cost of Rs. 113 lakh against which Rs. 13 lakh have been incurred till March, 2013,besides Rs. 4 lakh have been approved during the current financial year. Earlier, the construction work was started at village Hafizabad, where plinth work has been completed. He said that due to dispute between the residents of Wanpoh and Hafizabad regarding finalization of location, the construction work has been stopped. As and when, the dispute is resolved construction work shall be re-started.  


The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Abdul Gaffar Sofi in the Legislative Assembly today.




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Work on schools of Doda undertaken: Dr. Manohar


JAMMU-Minister of State for Fisheries and Cooperative, Dr. Manohar Sharma on behalf of Minister for School Education, Mr. Tara Chand informed the House that the construction work of GHS Kenchas, HS Tanta, HS Batri and HS Drought has been completed upto the plinth level and an expenditure to the tune of Rs. 1.11 lakh for each school has been incurred. The concerned Chief Education Officer has approached to the District Development Commissioner Doda for providing of additional funds under District Plan for the completion of these works.


He further said that an amount of Rs. 160.36 lakh have been required to complete the work.


He said that the construction of six rooms with varanda in each floor at HSS Sarthal with theestimated cost of Rs. 34.64 lakh has been re-tendered and will be started subject to the availability of funds under District plan. He said the funds for the construction of GHS Sarthal and HSS Malanoo are being regularly released to the executing agency under State Plan.


During the current financial year 2013-14 an amount of Rs. 2.25 lakh have been released for GHS Sarthal and an amount of Rs. 7 lakh has been released for construction of HSS Malanoo, he said and addedthat the construction of MS Patnazi is in progress at an estimated cost of Rs. 49.17 lakh against which there is an expenditure of Rs. 29.50 lakh. 


The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. G.M. Saroori in the Legislative Assembly today.




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WSS Tailwani taken up under NRDWP with cost of Rs. 3.17 cr : Sham


JAMMU-Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma informed the House that WSS Tailwani has been taken up under NRDWP at an estimated cost of Rs. 317 lakh against which Rs. 286.72 lakh stands utilized upto 3/2013. During the current financial year an amount of Rs. 26.75 lakh stands released. The scheme is targeted for completion during current financial year 2013-14. He also informed the House that Issuss Audsoo, the water supply scheme is closed and functional.


He further said that to augment the water supply to Achabal town, a scheme has been taken up under District Sector at an estimated cost of Rs. 164 lakh with LIC loan assistance. The scheme was approved in the year 2012-13 and Rs. 10 lakh were released as LIC share. An allocation of Rs. 72 lakh has been earmarked during current financial year for which proposal stands submitted to LIC Mumbai for release of funds, he added. The Major components like Lift Station, rising Main, Procurement of Pumping Machinery is nearing completion, he maintained and said that Doonipawa WSS is closed and functional. He also informed that Indoo Pushroo the Water Supply Scheme is ongoing under NRDWP at an estimated cost of Rs. 499 lakh against which Rs. 332.97 lakh stands utilized upto 3/2013.


The Minister said that an amount of Rs. 20.26 lakh stands released against an allocation of Rs. 35 lakh during the current financial year, 14 Kms Raw water Main stands laid and Service Reservoir stands completed. The scheme will be completed in the next financial year 2014-15, he said and added that the habitations of Kuthair, Pahloo, Waldraman come under the scope of WSS Indoo Pushroo. 


The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Peerzada Mansoor Hussain in the Legislative Assembly today.




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213 Kanals of land identified for Travelers Mart at Lakhanpur: Sadhotra


JAMMU-Minister for Planning Labour and Employment, Mr. Ajay Kumar Sadotra informed the House that for the construction of Travellers Mart at Lakhanpur, which is part of Lakhanpur-Bani-Basholi-Sarthal Circuit, 213 kanals of land were identified. It comprises 98 kanals and 2 marlas belonging to Punjab Government ( Irrigation Department), 69 Kanals and 15 marlas of State land and 45 Kanals and 3 Marlas of private land. Regarding transfer of land measuring 98 kanals and 2 marlas, the matter is under correspondence with the Punjab Government. He said that the State land measuring 69 kanals and 15 marlas was transferred to the Tourism Department vide Government Order NO. Rev(S)/390 of 2007 dated 22.11.2007 and final award in respect of private land measuring 45 kanals and 3 marlas was issued by the then Collector, Land Acquisition (Addl Deputy Commissioner, Kathua) vide No. DCK/ADCK/LA/2008-2009/396-400 dated 10.01.2009.


He said that in order to discuss the issues regarding construction of Travelers Mart at Lakhanpur, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of the then Minister for Tourism and Culture in his office chambers on 20th April, 2012, it was decided that Deputy Commissioner, Kathua will ensure handing over the physical possession of the State as well as the proprietary land acquired by the Department. Chief Executive Officer, Lakhanpur Sarthal Development Authority is also coordination with the District Administration to take possession of the said land with proper demarcation on the ground.  He said that Directorate of Tourism has taken the physical possession of approximately 85 kanals of land out of 114 kanals and 18 marlas and about 30 kanals of land are still under encroachment for which the efforts are afoot to get it vacated with the help of the District Administration. Moreover, the construction work of Lakhanpur Travellers Mart has already been started by the Directorate of Tourism Jammu and construction of budget accommodation, public convenience has also been taken up by the CEO, Lakhanpur Sarthal Development Authority. The construction of the Children Park is being taken up soon. He said that to take the physical possession of 114 kanals and 18 marlas, there is an imminent requirement of fencing. As soon as funds become available, the entire parcel of land will be fenced to prevent encroachment. The district administration has assured that magisterial support and police assistance will be provided as and when required. 


The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Charanjit Singh in the Legislative Assembly today.




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Irrigation Sub Division Rafiabad functioning at Tragpora: Sham


JAMMU-Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma informed the House that the Irrigation Sub- Division Rafiabad is functioning with its headquarter located at Tragpora. The operational area of the said Sub Division is to execute and monitor the Irrigation works of Rafiabad High Lift Batapora Lift Scheme, Check-i-Gojri and Nadihal Orchards. Presently, the following staff members have been posted in the said Sub Division for its smooth functioning.  


The Minister said at present one Assistant Executive Engineer, one Assistant Engineer, one Junior Engineer, besides 03 Work Supervisors and field staff have also been posted in the said Sub Division.    


The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Mr. Javed Ahmed Dar in the Legislative Assembly today.




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Situation under control in Kupwara: Kichloo


JAMMU :  Minister of State for Home, Mr. Sajad Ahmed Kichloo, today said that District Magistrate, Kupwara has today imposed curfew in the jurisdiction of Police Station, Lalpora, Kupwara in view of the anticipated protests after Friday prayers in Lolab Valley, where an encounter took place a few days ago in which 7 terrorists were killed.


He further added that District Magistrate, Kupwara has also imposed restrictions today in other parts of Kupwara district to ensure maintenance of law and order, safeguard life and property and to avoid any untoward incident.


As of now overall situation in the district is well under control. The essential services and ambulances are moving smoothly in Kupwara district. The situation in other parts of the Valley is normal. 


The Minister was replying to the issue raised by MLA Lolab, Mr. Abdul Haq Khan in the Legislative Assembly.